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Plante Moran Launches Firm-Wide Community Service Effort to Increase Literacy

​Plante Moran Cares program harnesses staff volunteer spirit and creativity

Southfield, MICH — Plante Moran, PLLC, one of the nation’s largest certified public accounting and business advisory firms, will support  literacy-focused organizations for Plante Moran Cares , its staff-driven community service initiative for the 2013 fiscal year.

Established by a committee of Plante Moran staff members in 2007, the mission of Plante Moran Cares (PM Cares) is to connect staff with volunteer opportunities that increase the well-being of individuals in their local communities.

By fostering personal participation and interaction, PM Cares aims to share the firm’s longstanding “We Care” mission with its local communities and with each other.

“The emphasis of PM Cares is on activities that meet immediate community needs,” Managing Partner Gordon Krater explains. “With PM Cares, staff members are encouraged to take part in volunteer activities that impact where they live and work. This year’s literacy focus is particularly meaningful for Plante Moran because we understand the critical link between reading education and business’ need to have access to a talented and skilled workforce.”

The literacy organizations supported by PM Cares will receive volunteer support as well as fundraising efforts. The following organizations have been selected by the PM Cares team:

  • Ann Arbor – Washtenaw Literacy Council
  • Auburn Hills, MI – Oakland Literacy
  • Chicago –Literacy Volunteers of Illinois
  • Cleveland – Project Learn
  • Cincinnati – Literacy Network
  • Columbus – Columbus Literacy Council
  • East Lansing – Capital Area Literacy Coalition
  • Flint – Genesee County Literacy Coalition
  • Grand Rapids – Literacy Center of West Michigan
  • Kalamazoo – Kalamazoo Literacy Council
  • Macomb, MI – Macomb Literacy Partners
  • Northwest Chicago – The Literacy Connection
  • Southfield – Siena Literacy Center
  • St. Joseph, MI – Schools of Hope
  • Toledo – Read for Literacy
  • Traverse City – Grand Traverse Area Literacy Council

Previous Plante Moran Cares initiatives include:  Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Quilts for Kids, Support Our Troops, Food Banks, Domestic Violence, and this year, Literacy.

This year, Plante Moran’s Traverse City office was honored by the firm for raising money in the most creative way. Traverse City staff members raised money to shave off partner Dennis Bogard 30-year-old mustache. Bogard agreed to shave it if a certain dollar amount was raised. The goal was reached and Bogard himself contributed to the goal. He shaved his mustache in the office. His own wife had never seen him without a mustache. Plante Moran then donated an additional $5,000 to Traverse City’s charitable efforts.

About Plante Moran, PLLC
Plante Moran (www.plantemoran.com) is among the nation’s largest certified public accounting and business advisory firms, providing clients with tax, audit, risk management, financial, technology, business consulting and wealth management services.  Plante Moran has a staff of more than 2,000 professionals in 22 offices throughout Michigan, Ohio and Illinois, with international offices in Shanghai, China; Monterrey, Mexico and Mumbai, India.  Plante Moran has been recognized by a number of organizations, including FORTUNE magazine, as one of the country’s best places to work.

Media Contact:
Barbara Fornasiero
EAFocus Communications
248.651.7536
barbara@eafocus.com

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